Sherri Shepherd’s Talk Show Yanked from Airwaves Just Days into Fresh Season Amid Host’s Health Crisis
Sherri Shepherd’s talk show returned Monday with brand new episodes but only two days later, the host announced that the show was screeching to a halt due to a health diagnosis.
On Wednesday, Sherri Shepherd announced on the show’s official Instagram account that she had tested positive for Covid-19, and would be out of action for the remainder of the week. She added that she hoped to return “as soon as possible.”
The show will run repeat episodes as the chat show host recovers.
“The health of our host and entire staff is of the utmost importance,” the show’s statement said.
Sherri said about the surprise hiatus — “I am absolutely heartbroken that I cannot return to host my show this week. As soon as I get the all-clear from my doctor, I look forward to coming back strong to deliver the fun, laughter and a real good time.”
Fans sent messages of love and support in the post’s comment section.
One viewer wrote — “Oh, no! Sending healing vibes your way, @sherrieshepherd!”
Another fan said — “Whaaat?! Aaw Sherri bless you and your team. May you be healed with no evidence that you ever were sick.”
A third fan chimed in — We love you, Sherri!! Heal as you need to.”
The second season kicked off with guest, Michelle Buteau, and Sherri describing her recent plastic surgery procedure.
Sherri isn’t the only daytime personality to be sidelined with Covid-19 after a lengthy summer hiatus.
The View moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, also missed the popular show’s premiere week earlier this month, after being hit with the virus. The 67-year-old panelist missed the September 5 premiere, which marked the start of Season 27, and was absent the rest of the week. Joy Behar stepped in to moderate the panel in Whoopi’s absence, assuring the audience that the actress “was on the mend.” Whoopi returned the following week to a standing ovation from an enthusiastic studio audience.
Last month, it was announced that Whoopi would be honored with an American Icon award from New York’s Fashion Group International, this October. The fall gala will take place at the The Plaza Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
The actress will be honored during “FGI Night of Stars,” an annual fundraiser held to recognize accomplishments of “outstanding individuals” in multiple categories. The daytime star will appear at the event alongside the other honorees. Marc Anthony, musician and co-founder of Maestro Cares Foundation, will be given the Humanitarian Award.
The event is open to the public but tickets are pricey. The tickets start at $2k and a table host will have to fork over $30k for ten guests.